Airport radar damaged by lightning
Repairs to the Air Traffic Control Tower and the Long Range Radar at the L.F. Wade International Airport are expected to be finished next week after Wednesday's lightning strikes damaged both the tower and radar.
Government reported today that “the Control Tower was minimally impacted, but the damage to the radar has resulted in a loss of operation.”
“Airport technicians assessed the damage and have ordered the necessary replacement parts which are expected to arrive on-Island by the weekend,” added the statement. “The Department of Airport Operations expects the repairs to be completed soon thereafter, with a return to service expected sometime next week.
“While the radar is out of service, the airport will have in place standard non-radar operating procedures which call for greater time separation between departing flights.
“This will not impact arriving flights. However, flights scheduled to depart in the afternoon, may experience minor delays.”